When it comes to household chores, we’re all guilty of playing favorites. Even Becky Rapinchuk, who has made a career of sharing housekeeping tips on her blog Clean Mama (cleanmama.net), says there are tasks she loves and tasks she loathes.
All right, spring is here and we’re about to go full throttle in our growing season, but before you get too far ahead of yourself, it’s important to get a few things ready. Irrigation season, for those who rely on the canals, is about to start soon and I’m going to help you prepare when they kick on.
Over the last few weeks, it has been fun to watch the snow recede back to higher elevations and to see soil present itself once again on the valley floor. My personal Facebook feed is filled with photos of friends who, like busy little bees, are working continuously on planning and planting their future gardens.
Knowing when aphids, leaf miners and other pests are likely to emerge means we can better monitor or control pests early on, rather than later, after they've multiplied and have become a serious problem.
I like to buy vintage light fixtures — sconces, lanterns, pendants and chandeliers — for my decorating projects. I find that vintage fixtures are often better-made than new fixtures, I prefer their patina, and I appreciate the distinctive, one-of-a-kind quality they add to rooms.
When’s the last time you made wraps at home? If you can’t remember, perhaps it’s because the sandwiches have devolved into predictable, overstuffed vehicles for chicken Caesar salad or thin slices of ham and turkey and limp green spinach leaves.
The snow in most places has melted away, leaving behind a landscape that seems almost barren and asleep. However, for many native plants, it this act of freezing and thawing that awakens them and actually increases their ability to survive and reproduce.
That cute, little squirrel running around the neighborhood might seem harmless, but increasingly these invasive a___nimals are the cause of two mayor annoyances in Grant County, power and fiber-optic outages.
It’s almost time — the time where plants start bursting out of the ground to produce luscious, vibrant flowers. Not all plants were created equal, though, so we have to get them started inside in order for us to enjoy them come harvest season.
As an organizer, I’ve helped clients conquer many challenges. But there are some questions I’m asked over and over again, and the solution is usually the same. Here are quick answers to some common questions:
Groundhog Day last week marked the point when we crossed over closer to spring than to winter. The daylight hours have increased, the snow has diminished at least in the lower valley, and we are itching to garden.